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. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
. the f.a.a. has assured us things will get much worse before the end of the busy summer travel season as these arbitrary sequester cuts continue to affect airport staffing levels. what it means is that every two weeks all f.a.a. employees will have to take a day off. at peak travel times, almost 7,000 flights will be delayed every day, some of them by up to three hours. now, mr. president, the worst day we had last year because of weather-related issues, less than 3,000 flights were delayed. now every day more than twice that number will be delayed. these delays will be bad for business, this'l they'll be frug for families and devastate forge the economy. but flight delays around the only consequences of these unintended cuts. it is not just f.a.a. employees. it will affect 750,000 jobs across the country. it will shred the safety net that keeps millions of seniors, children, veterans, and needy families from falling through the cracks. and it'll gut investment in education, medical research, that helps america compete in the 21st century. more than 2,700 schools with large numbers of
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
, i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, two hours in chicago and 1 hour and 20 minutes in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the controllers complain they're being used as political pawns. >> it's the piece of sequestration that affects americans the most. and i don't think that it's fair that air traffic control, particularly air traffic controllers are being used as a pawn. >> ray lahood has a message. >> tell them to fix sequester, and this will go away. >> the administration seems to be saying that any solution to put the air traffic controllers to work must include an overall roll back of the sequester. which does not look like something that's going to happen any time soon. the next few months could be a nightmare for travelers. >> the
visitor programs certification from immigrations and forced them without being certified by the faa. according to g.a.o., 167 out of 434th flight training schools, 38% today do not have the required faa certification. i am told ice is often unaware when they revoke certification for flight training providers. i understand that ice is working with f.a.a. to thards issue. what updates and insurance consist you provide about ice's efforts to improve its communication with the f.a. toombings address this issue? >> i think we are very far along. by the way, senator, we're also moving from a new system governing institutions that educates student visa holders. this will help solve the problem. i will get to that. the silent screen process. under the present system, applicants for asylum must undergo a credible fear interview to determine whether they have a credible fear of persecution in his or her county of origin. but the officer determines that they have a credible fear, the application is a long for further consideration. this bill streamlines the process partly by allowing a screeni
. soon they'll be facing long waits at the terminal as well. last week the f.a.a. -- that the federal aviation administration -- announced it's starting this week thousands of flights every day that will be delayed for up to three hours because of the devastating, ash administer cuts of -- ash terror cuts of sequester strags, the f.a.a. is forced to furlough thousands of workers. this could lead to 6,700 flight delays eay this summer. i repeat, every day 6,700 delayed flights. by comparison, the worst travel day of last year 2012 was about 3,000 flights being delayed. this was after severe thunderstorms accompanied by two-inch hailstorms, and a 90-mile-an-hour wind that wiped across the northeast and a tornado touched down in new york. that, mr. president, caused 3,000 flight delays. on any day if this sequester strags kicks in, it will double that. travelers were stranded at airports across the country during that real bad day we had last week. some were stranded for days. mr. president, it's going to be worse than that. as i said, this summer more than twice that number of flights w
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